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Historic first round of CRC-Projects now open

After the biggest changes in their history, a new funding round for Cooperative Research Centres starts today. Stage One applications for the 18th Funding Round close 31 March and successful CRCs will commence 1 January 2017.

The new CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps) are available for the first time. Applications close 17 March and successful bids are expected to start 1 July 2016.

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Christopher Pyne, announced the funding round this morning, stressing industry leadership and practical applications.

“We’ve placed industry at the front and centre of the CRC Programme so we can build on our strengths in high quality research to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries,” said Mr Pyne.

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 10 reasons you should attend “The Business of Innovation”

  1. Be inspired by five Early Career Researchers as they vie for a $5,000 prize.
  2. Hear the inventor of Gardasil, Professor Ian Frazer AC, deliver the 2016 Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society.
  3. Collaborate with the Industry Growth Centres and the Defence Science Technology Group.
  4. Learn about Australian Government innovation assistance and how to get it.
  5. Find out about the research needs of start-ups and established businesses.
  6. Meet research investors from state governments and the private sector.
  7. Sessions on systems for developing research careers; online collaboration; indicators of impact for communications; and measuring and monitoring partnerships (that’s actually four separate reasons!).
  8. Join in Australia’s first Science-Business Match-up.
  9. Participate in an ABC Broadcast event on developing resilient cities.
  10. Understand the American Small Business Industrial Research Program.

There has never been a more exciting time to be an innovator in Australia

Commentary by Dr Tony Peacock

We have had periods of better funding of some areas of science. We’ve had periods where it was easier for university researchers to get grants. But we’ve never had a time when the major parties have been competing to improve the whole innovation system with such vigour. Australia’s future will be better for it.

Today’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) announced by the Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, is a new, higher, benchmark. There is over $1 billion in 25 or so measures, but the NISA goes a lot further – it puts new governance on innovation and science in Australia. We will now have a Cabinet subcommittee for Innovation and Science.

Innovation Australia becomes Innovation and Science Australia, with statutory powers. These measures alone should mean we finally get an Australian Innovation System that is worthy of the name, “system”. More important than the new money is the fact that it is virtually all ongoing funds. In my opinion, Ian Chubb will retire a satisfied man having railed against the endless “non-ongoing” science programs that wind-up just as they start performing. No longer will we have the farce of our national infrastructure facing closure every year or so.

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Registrations now open


Registrations are now open for The Business of Innovation 2016 being held in Brisbane next year from 7–9 March, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with science to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships. The conference will also join onto the World Science Festival, also being held in Brisbane — the first time it has been held outside of New York.

The draft program is now up on the website. There are many fantastic sessions and speakers on offer covering a broad range of topics: Australian Government assistance and how to get it; CRC collaboration with business industry: an open conversation; and Breaking down silos: how to use crowd-sourcing technology to accelerate your R&D objectives, just to name a few.

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